Agartala, Sept. 8: Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Gupta has imposed a fine of Rs 4 lakh payable to the next of kin of late Krishna Keshav Dutta, a special branch constable.
Dutta had died because of negligence in duty on the part of officer-in-charge of Monpathar police outpost Sajal Sharma and Dr Sanjit Kumar Deb of nearby Shantir Bazar primary health centre.
The court asked Sharma and Deb to pay Rs 2 lakh each to Dutta’s wife Rina by December 31, failing which, they will have to pay an interest of 12 per cent on the total amount.
Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Gupta also ordered the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh and the TSR (1st battalion) authority to pay Rs 6 lakh with interest from December 6, 1998. The reaction of the state government and the TSR authority was not available.
According to details available from from Tripura High Court, police special branch constable Dutta had been sitting in a tea shop in Monpathar market of south Tripura district in Belonia subdivision on December 5, 1998 at 3.30pm. He was the personal security officer of former MLA and deputy speaker Gaurishankar Reang. A group of 10 TSR (1st battalion) jawans came to the tea shop and started beating up Dutta without any provocation. The jawans dragged injured Dutta to nearby Monpathar police outpost where the officer-in-charge Sajal Sharma did not admit the injured constable to a hospital for treatment. Around 8pm when Dutta’s condition deteriorated, Sharma admitted him to nearby Shantir Bazar primary health centre.
According to Dutta’s wife, Rina, the primary health centre was without a doctor for a long time and her husband lay there without any treatment. Around midnight Dr Sanjit Kumar Deb of Shantir Bazar primary health centre came and prescribed some medicine to the constable without any test.
Next morning when the condition of the constable deteriorated, the doctor referred him to south district hospital at Udaipur. But the doctors in the district hospital referred Dutta again to G.B. Hospital in Agartala.
But Dutta died around 10am while being taken to the hospital. Shortly after his death officer-in-charge of Monpathar police outpost, Sharma registered a FIR against Dutta to save the actual culprits.
“I am happy at the order passed by the honourable high court but I would have been happier, if the doctor and the officer-in-charge had been send to prison, ” said Rina.